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Shop Sony OSS Lenses

When you are shopping for Sony OSS lenses, you might feel overwhelmed at the many different options available. Alternatively, you may have been recommended to buy Sony OSS lenses, but are unfamiliar with what they are and why you might want to invest in one. Realistically, the best way to find the right lens is to do some research on the ones that are available for your camera and then choose a reputable store, such as Samy's Camera.

For over four decades, Samy's Camera has been one of the foremost camera stores in the U.S. We provide high quality products, and an enormous library of resources for both ameteur and professional photographers. Our sales staff are passionate about photography; therefore, can help you to shop for a Sony OSS lens or other products. We invite you to shop online or come into our brick and mortar store where you can browse our wide array of camera lenses. You're also invited to equipment demonstrations and product training. Information can be found on our EDU blog. To learn more about Samy's Camera or to shop for Sony OSS lenses, browse our site or give us a call.

Sony Lens Classes and Abbreviations

  • G - G is short for 'Gold'. It refers to Sony lenses that are considered to be the very best, and most professional on the market.
  • ZA - Also known as Zeiss Alpha, Zeiss is a brand of Sony and are similar to the G range of Sony lenses.
  • SSM - Short for SuperSonic Motor, this is Sony's own version of an ultrasonic motor that is used for fast, quiet AF operations.
  • SAM - SAM is short for Smooth Autofocus Motor. SAM is built into select low end Sony Lenses and have been on the market since 2009. When shopping for Sony OSS lenses, you will find that SAM lenses are generally fast and quiet, but they are not as good as SSM lenses. SAM lenses also have a plastic build which makes them cheaper than SSM, ZA, or G range lenses.
  • OSS - OSS is also known as Optical SteadyShot and refers to a particular set of lenses that has a special stabilization feature. It should be noted when you want to shop for Sony OSS lenses, the Sony Alpha mount lenses do not include OSS. This is because Sony uses sensor based IS with both the DSLR and SLT cameras. The mirrorless E-mount Sony cameras to rely on OSS; therefore, if you have one of these cameras, you can buy an OSS lens.
  • PZ - PZ stands for Power Zoom. It refers to lenses that have built in motors which operate the optical zoom. This feature is ideal for videography and are relatively compact.
  • ED - The ED lenses refer to Extra-low Dispersion. ED lenses use glass elements in the lens construction and are meant to reduce chromatic aberrations.

Shopping a Popular Sony OSS Lens from Samy's Camera

Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS APS-C Lens - This lens is one of the longest running lenses in the Sony APS-C line up. It is an OSS lens in the Grange and weighs 22 ounces. It offers a broad range of features including three extra low dispersion elements. At Samy's Camera, this OSS lens is a favorite.

To shop for a Sony OSS lens, browse our online store or come into one of our branches today.

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